What Is Faith

What is faith?

What is faith? A Rock climbing has faith in his rope.Our actions are an expression of our internal beliefs. When a rock climber allows himself to dangle from the side of a cliff held only by his rope, he is demonstrating his belief that the rope will hold him. He has faith in the rope.

In Christianity, faith is the outward expression of the internal belief that what Jesus said, and what the word of God (The Bible) says, is true. Christians have varying degrees of faith, which is why you’ll often hear people talk about how much, or how little faith they might have.

For Christians, having faith in God can sometimes require a greater effort to believe because God often works in ways that are counterintuitive and frequently go against the knowledge we’ve gained from personal experience. When Jesus told Peter to step out of the boat, all of Peter’s lifelong personal experience told him that he would plunge into the water and be swimming for his life in the middle of the storm, but he set aside what he knew from personal experience and chose instead to believe that what Jesus said was true. He then stepped out of the boat, as Jesus had told him to do, and was able to walk on the surface of the water.

What is faith?

The Bible states that all scripture is God-breathed and that it is impossible for God to lie. If you choose to believe that, (to have faith in it), then you’re able to accept that everything written in the Bible is true, even though you may not necessarily understand it all. This is the cornerstone that allows faith to grow in the life of a Christ follower.

Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear, built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. (Hebrews 11:6-7)

What is faith?

Here are some examples.

Romans 8:28 states that all things are done for the good of those who love the Lord. Therefore, if your boyfriend/girlfriend dumps you, faith is the understanding that even though your heart is broken, God foresaw that he or she wasn’t going to be good for you in the long run, and that God has someone better in store for you.

If you attend church nearly every week, you are by faith acknowledging that you believe Hebrews 10:25.

If you choose to call yourself a Christian, you are by faith acknowledging that you believe Acts 4:12.

And if you choose to have a relationship with Jesus Christ, you are by faith acknowledging that you believe Matthew 22:37.

What is faith? It is the act of conducting your life in a way that acknowledges you believe that what God said is true.

What is faith?

It is through faith that we are able to go to heaven. Many people think that being a good person and doing good things are what gets them into heaven, but that’s not correct. There are many good people who went to hell and many bad people who’ve gone to heaven, (Adam & Eve, the thief on the cross, Saul, the murderer David).

We know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in His sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.

But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:19-24)

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2 thoughts on “What Is Faith

  1. Jake Auxier says:

    Great thoughts on faith! It is amazing how much faith everyone “uses” on a daily basis, and for some, still can’t seem to understand the faith needed to believe in God and His Son, Jesus!

    • GaryH says:

      Hey Jake, great point. We apply faith to nearly every common thing in life, like the fact that all the cars at the upcoming intersection are going to stop at the red light as you go through the green. If each person applied just that much faith toward God, it would be an incredible world we live in.

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